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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Scrimshaw

Identifier:
2019.49.3
Description:
Scrimshaw is an art form created by whalers in which scenes and lettering would be engraved into objects such as bone or ivory. This scrimshaw has been engraved on the tooth of a sperm whale and depicts the Charles W. Morgan, an American whaling ship built and launched in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It sailed until 1921 when its career came to an end and in 1941 it became an exhibit at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. It is the oldest surviving merchant vessel and the last of the wooden whaling ships from the 19th-century American merchant fleet. 
Materials:
Ivory
Dimensions:
8"" h 2.75"" w 1.5"" d
Source:
Gift of Thomas Walsh
Rights:

Maker/Donor
Monica Westdorp
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